The 50 Most Glamorous Looks of All Time from the Cannes Red Carpet

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The 50 Most Glamorous Looks of All Time from the Cannes Red Carpet
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It happens every time: We go around calling the Met Gala “the most glamorous red carpet of the year,” and then Cannes sneaks up on us and throws us for a loop.

After little more than a week of downtime since the Costume Institute extravaganza, Hollywood has begun to venture across the Atlantic for the annual 12-day film festival, and we’re taking the opportunity to look back on the French Riviera’s best red-carpet looks of years past. Unlike, say, Sundance, Cannes is as much a spectacle as it is an industry affair—there are black-tie galas, opening and closing ceremonies, and enough million-dollar jewels lent out to actresses to make your head spin.

It’s also been held since 1946, which means you’ll find vintage shots of Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve alongside recent snaps of Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger in the gallery ahead. Check back throughout this week and next to see how this year’s batch of gowns measures up.

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Brigitte Bardot, 1953

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Brigitte Bardot, 1956

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Elizabeth Taylor, 1957

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Jayne Mansfield, 1958

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Catherine Deneuve, 1965

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Princess Diana, 1987

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Claudia Schiffer and Kate Moss, 1998

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, 1999

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Kate Moss, 1999

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Laetitia Casta, 1999

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Kate Moss, 1999

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Björk, 2000

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Naomi Campbell, 2002

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Tilda Swinton, 2004

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Cameron Diaz, 2004

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Natalia Vodianova, 2005

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Audrey Tatou, 2006

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, 2008

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Natalie Portman, 2008

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, 2009

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Naomi Campbell, 2010

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Salma Hayek, 2010

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Kirsten Dunst, 2011

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Diane Kruger, 2012

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Diane Kruger, 2012

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Diane Kruger, 2012

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Jessica Biel, 2013

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Audrey Tatou, 2013

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Zhang Ziyi, 2013

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Carey Mulligan, 2013

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Zoe Saldana, 2013

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Emma Watson, 2013

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Cara Delevingne, 2013

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Freida Pinto, 2014

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Aymeline Valade, 2014

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 2014

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Marion Cotillard, 2014

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Blake Lively, 2014

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Naomi Watts, 2015

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Cate Blanchett, 2015

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Cate Blanchett, 2015

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Natalie Portman, 2015

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Fan Bingbing, 2015

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Charlize Theron, 2015

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Cate Blanchett, 2015

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Lupita Nyong'o, 2015

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Julianne Moore, 2015

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Karlie Kloss, 2015

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Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, 2015

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Aishwarya Rai, 2015

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